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Aviation manager

What does a aviation manager do?

There are many careers in aviation beyond being a pilot. Australian airlines require all kinds of professionals, from aircraft navigators to flight coordinators, to airworthiness inspectors. There are those in the control towers managing air traffic; others completing pre-flight checks; and some providing flight information to crews and air traffic services staff. As an aviation manager, you would oversee a wide range of professionals and tasks, including aircraft scheduling, flight plans, maintenance, and crew management. Careers in aviation can involve working in a range of places including airports, airlines or organisations that support the aviation industry and regulatory bodies.

Is a career as a aviation manager right for me?

If you’re passionate about aviation and good under pressure, an aviation career might suit you. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • strong communication skills 
  • good at time management
  • high attention to detail 
  • an aptitude for analysis work and thinking critically 
  • confidence and decisiveness
  • good interpersonal skills. 

How to become a aviation manager

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your goals as an aviation manager. Generally speaking, you will need to complete both practical and theoretical training to go down an aviation manager career path, though the specific requirements vary by the role. This typically includes a degree in aviation or related field. Additionally, registration with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority may be necessary depending on the chosen path you take.

At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of aviation:

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How much do aviation managers make?
An aviation management salary varies based on factors such as location, experience, and workplace setting. Refer to the salary information on this page for further details.
Is the work of an aviation manager complex?
Careers in aviation management can be challenging due to the complexity of the aviation industry and the critical nature of many of the tasks involved. Success in this field requires a solid understanding of aviation operations, strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to make quick decisions in high-pressure situations. However, for those passionate about aviation and skilled in management, an aviation manager career path can be an extremely rewarding career.
What types of jobs can I get as an aviation manager?

With a degree in aviation management, you are well-prepared for various careers in the aviation management and aviation industry, including:

  • airport operations manager
  • airline manager
  • aviation safety consultant
  • air traffic controller
  • airfield operations specialist
  • aviation policy analyst
  • aviation customer relations manager.

These roles involve a mix of strategic planning, operational oversight, and collaboration with a range of aviation professionals to ensure efficient and safe airline and airport operations.

Are aviation managers in demand?
The future demand for aviation managers is moderate and promising, reflecting the growth and recovery of the aviation industry, especially after periods of downturn. The need for skilled aviation managers is driven by ongoing developments in air travel, regulatory changes, and the continuous push for improved safety and efficiency in aviation operations globally.
What is the day in the life of an aviation manager like?

Aviation management career opportunities are diverse and span various sectors, including many tasks, such as:

  • management of airport operations and services
  • strategic management within airline companies
  • oversight of air cargo operations
  • roles in aviation regulatory and safety organisations
  • positions in aviation consultancy firms
  • leadership in aviation security and emergency planning.

These jobs require a blend of aviation knowledge and management expertise, making them suited for those looking to influence the future of air travel and airport operations. 

How long does it typically take to become an aviation manager?

Becoming an aviation manager in Australia typically requires practical and theoretical training, though exact requirements vary depending on the role and pathway you take. 

At HQporner, a Bachelor of Aviation (Aviation Management) typically takes around 3 years to complete. At the postgraduate level of study, a Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Aviation Management) typically takes around 6 months to complete. It should be noted that some students choose to study part-time, which increases the time it takes to finish the required courses.

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